Every day, the craftspeople of a small village outside Chiang Mai in Thailand gather in their studio, and get to work. Combining traditional metalworking techniques, and modern tools and safety measures, masters and their assistants and apprentices work hard to create the beautiful ornaments that we sell at Topanien Global Gifts.
Using multiple metals, and beautiful beads, these skilled craftspeople create wonderful works of whimsy, with delightful details that catch the eye in a different way every time you look at them.
Just thirty years ago, this thriving community was a place in perpetual poverty, where families struggled, and children had to work instead of going to school. Fair trade work ethics have made it possible for children to stay home, and go to school, for mothers and fathers to bring home everything their families need, and even revived the traditional metalworking legacies that had begun to die out thanks to desperation and despair.
Ornament designs range from fun for the holidays, to fun for all the days, with animals, people, Hanukkah, Nativity scenes, and so much more; the artists create new designs all the time, giving us a dizzying variety to choose from!
Work to create a better future for themselves and their families through fair trade benefits all of us.
These light catching, shiny ornaments are perfect not only on a Christmas tree but hanging from your rear-view mirror, as hostess gifts, special package toppers, or swinging from a hook anywhere in your home.